Unless you live in a cave, you’ve heard of “Wordle.” When this fun, English-language word game (originally from the UK) hit the web, it went viral overnight – and ended up getting sold to the New York Times for an “undisclosed price in the low seven figures.”
Wordle gameplay is simple. You start with no information, and guess a five-letter word – which must be in a list of “acceptable” words (which is bigger than the list of possible answers). Once you guess, your guess is color-coded: black if the letter you guessed is not in the word, yellow if it’s in the word but in the wrong place, and green if it’s in the right place. (If there are multiples of a letter, it will color them how you’d expect. So if the word is EVADE and you guess SPREE, it will color your guess black-black-black-yellow-green. If you guess GLENS, you’ll get black-black-yellow-black-black.) You have six chances to get all five spaces to green.
There have been computer scientists blogging about their attempts to solve it algorithmically. People have determined the best word to start. (It’s “CRANE.”) Elementary-school students have made it a daily ritual.
But the traditional Wordle comes with a lot of limitations. For one, there’s only one “Wordle” per day – and it’s the same for everyone. This means that someone could spoil it for you by telling you the day’s word (and there have been numerous attempts to do so) and then you’re out of luck until tomorrow. For another, it’s only five letter English words handpicked from a list. And you only have six guesses. After this, it will just tell you the answer.
So… what to do if you want to keep Wordling? Here’s a review of more than 75 Wordle variations.
Who says it need to be six guesses? Who says it need to be a five-letter word?
This is Wordle with three to seven letters instead of only five and with a wider word list. The six-guess limit is still in place, but it will generate a new, unique word for each game. Meaning that you can play multiple games in a row and different word lengths, but you can’t share it with your distant friend to see who got the day’s word in fewer guesses.
It’s some length up to ten letters. You don’t know. But you have unlimited guesses to figure it out.
This is classic Wordle with one tweak: it continues to generate new answer words. So you aren’t limited to one per day.
The same as Wordle Unlimited, but with old-fashioned video game graphics and sounds.
Why not have multiple correct answers, where you have to guess them all?
This is a variation where you’re playing two Wordle games simultaneously, but your guesses for both have to be the same word. When you get one of the words, you have to keep on guessing for the second. Your clues are applied differently for each answer in two columns.
You get seven guesses to guess both words. There is both a “daily Dordle” and a “free play” option.
As you might expect, Quordle is quatre-Wordle, a Wordle variation with four words simultaneously. You get nine guesses to get all four words.
There is both a daily version and a “practice” version.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any crazier… Octordle. “Octo” means eight. And that’s how many words you have to guess in this variation, each of your guesses going to all eight words. Thirteen guesses.
If you’d rather pick how many words you want to guess… Pick from one to two thousand, three hundred and fifteen. Obviously, there are display problems if you’re trying to do more than a few. And it gives you a lot of guesses, but after you do about seven, the layout gets all wonky (at least in Firefox).
Here’s an excellent version where you’re solving a crossword of Wordles. You have six guesses for each word (which can be up to five letters), and once you guess wrongly six times you can’t guess anymore for that “clue” – 2 down, etc.
The only downside is that when you lose, it doesn’t reveal the answer.
The phenomenon of Wordle has taken off to such an extent that there are countless fun variations of it. Here are a few of the better ones:
This is a very fun (and hard!) variation where you’re given the answer, yes… but you’re not supposed to use it! Rather, you use the known answer to generate deliberately incorrect guesses that will color the board in a given pattern.
There’s a “Gimme” option if you get stuck.
It’s the same as “Pictle,” but without the “gimme” option, and with more random patterns of colors you’re trying to make.
This is just one row of “Pictle,” but harder and with no “Gimme” option. Multiple games are available per day.
In this, you’re forced to play “hard mode” (you have to use every clue) but not to guess it for as long as possible. The only downside is that it doesn’t tell you what word you’re avoiding.
It’s Wordle without the vowels. All guesses must be real English words (without vowels) and contain exactly five consonants.
It’s harder than you’d think!
Let’s narrow down the possible answers a bit. Or just make it weird.
Guess the password out of a list of the most commonly-used five letter passwords. (Things like “ABCDE” or “QWERT” – the first five keys on the keyboard.)
The real downside to this is that it doesn’t let you guess just any password. Your guess has to be in the list of the most common passwords. If it’s not, an annoying red “Password not found” box pops up and it won’t let you proceed.
Who knew that “PASSA” isn’t one of the most commonly-used five-letter passwords, but “SASHA” is?
Queer it up a little!
With a choral theme.
Only for Canadians and die-hard Canadian wanna-bes. You get it, eh?
For builders and navvies.
For the Christians.
And for the Jews.
NSFW = not safe for work. So don’t play this on the office computer!
It’s four letters instead of five. They aren’t called “five-letter words,” after all.
It’s not easy, because there are 100,000 possible answers, but this uses a number. One per day.
Because who says that it needs to even be words?
Geography. You guess a county, and it tells you how many kilometers you’re off. (Yes, kilometers. Sorry U.S. folks.) Measuring, I assume, from the country’s geographical center. It also tells you the cardinal direction that you need to travel (N, SW, etc.) with an arrow.
It’s not easy. You only get six tries, and the list includes territories that are separate from the country that owns them. For example, yesterday the answer was “Svalbard” but “Norway” didn’t register at all. (It just told me to keep going north a thousand kilometers.)
As you type a guess, it gives you a drop-down of possible answers, at least. (So when I tried to type “north pole,” at least I knew that wasn’t a valid answer.)
Like “Worldle,” but with cities. Only six guesses! (And only one per day.)
Like “Worldle,” it gives you direction and distance, and suggests possible answers as you type.
It’s Wordle for movie lovers. It shows you a still shot from a movie. You have to guess the movie. After each wrong guess, you get a new image from the same movie. Six tries.
As you type a guess, it gives you a drop-down of possible answers.
This is the version for music lovers. Possible songs are provided as you type a guess. You’re allowed to listen to a bit more of the song after each wrong guess.
Computer nerds, unite! Quantum computing is here.
Now I don’t know jack about this, so sorry, but according to the game, you’re trying to guess a quantum computing equation in six tries. After each guess, the color of the tiles will change to show how close your guess was to the equation.
If you’ve blitzed around the Big Apple… this gives you a start point and an end point, and you have to guess the route using the NYC metro. Some familiarity with New York City obviously required.
Guess numbers for each stat, to guess the correct Dungeons and Dragons monster.
“Absurdle” was one of the first Wordle clones out there, and it’s worth a mention just because it’s a very different mode of gameplay!
Here’s the thing: the answer in Absurdle will change. In short, if you guess it, it will change to anything else in the list that still matches the clues that it’s given you.
Your goal? Exhaust all possible English words (in the list of possible Wordle answers).
Start with something with a lot of common letters (like “CRANE”) because it will always mark your first guess all gray. So get used to that – but know that you’re really cutting down the list of possible words. Your goal is to get that list down to one – and then to type it in.
Unlimited guesses. Have fun.
¿Porque quién dice que sólo los hablantes de inglés pueden disfrutar de Wordle?
Em português. (Você só tem que lembrar que os acentos não contam, apesar do aplicativo colocá-los.)
Também tem um modo duplo, como “Dordle”.
En español. Hay dos otros modos, un modo “tilde” de siete letras con tildes (donde “e” es diferente de “é”), y un modo científico.
E se vuoi giocare di più, ha un modo “random”.
Бы говорите по-русски?
Я знаю немного русский язык, но это не приняло много слов которые я пыталась. :(
Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
Parlez-vous français? (Je ne parle pas. Désolé.)
That’s right this is Wordle In Hawaiian. No, I don’t speak a word of Hawaiian, so this description’s going to be in English. But if you do speak ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i, kudos.
Morse code, anyone?
The list of Wordle variations in different languages is still open, and we update it every day.